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• Skogen’s Festival Foods announced that in August it will begin using the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System at its 13 Wisconsin stores.

NuVal’s scoring system gives all foods a score from 1 to 100; the higher the score, the higher the food’s overall nutrition. All NuVal scores are provided on the supermarket shelf, making it easy for consumers to compare at a glance the overall nutrition of the foods they buy.

• The Seattle Times reports that Amazon.com is locked in a battle with the North Carolina Department of Revenue, which it says “ is demanding the name and address ... of virtually every North Carolina resident who has purchased anything from Amazon since 2003, along with records of what each customer purchased and how much they paid.”

According to the story, “Amazon says the collection effort would have a chilling effect on people's willingness to buy controversial books, music and movies, and should be declared unconstitutional.” But the state says it is only interested in finding out if Amazon is charging a state sales tax for products sold by North Carolina affiliates - part of an overall effort to increase revenue by pushing for the collection of online sales taxes.

• The Chicago Sun Times reports this morning that Wrigley is getting rid of the foil that it has used for a century to wrap some of its chewing gum brands, replacing it with paper for five brands - Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Wrigley's Spearmint, Winterfresh and Big Red.

The company says that the switch will save it 13 percent on wrapping, but won;t affect the taste of the gum.
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